Panola County, Texas
LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES IN PANOLA COUNTY
Carthage, Carthage I.S.D., Panola College
PANOLA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE IN CARTHAGE
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SERVICE IN CARTHAGE
PANOLA COUNTY CONSTABLES, PRECINCTS 1-4
Everett William Dennis
End of Watch Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Officer Dennis had served with the Carthage Police Department for just over one year. He had previously served with the Marion County Sheriff's Office and Harrison County Sheriff's Office. He is survived by his mother.
Tour 2 years
Cause Automobile crash
No seat belt, traffic stop
Franklin Bruce Hill
End of Watch Saturday, May 26, 1990
Tour 8 years
William Barry Decker
End of Watch Saturday, May 26, 1990
Game Warden Decker had served with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for 17 years. He was survived by his daughter, son, and four grandchildren
Tour 17 years
David L. Clabaugh
End of Watch Thursday, December 6, 1979
The fugitive was later captured and sentenced to prison
Age Not available
Cause Aircraft accident
End of Watch Saturday, December 12, 1964
He located and stopped the vehicle approximately one block from the county courthouse. The suspect was able to disarm Patrolman Woods who struggled with the armed suspect as the suspect attempted to disarm the other officer. Patrolman Woods was shot by the suspect during the struggle. The backup officer was shot in the chest while returning fire but survived.
The man was arrested hours later by officers in Shreveport, Louisiana. He was subsequently convicted of the offenses and received a life sentence in prison.
Tour 6 years
Weapon Officer's handgun
Offender Sentenced to life
Jesse P. Matthews
John J. Fleming
A church was having their annual revival and several hundred people were gathered. Precinct 8 Constable John J. Fleming lived about 250 yards from the church. Around 6:00 p.m. Constable Fleming and two friends went to the church to see if they needed any beef since the revival was to run all week. Andrew Castleberry began speaking loudly and apparently was intoxicated. Constable Fleming noticed that Castleberry was carrying a pistol. The constable motioned for Castleberry to come over, and said to him, “you seem to be feeling pretty good but you had better give me that gun.” Fleming reached out his left hand and took hold of the handle of the pistol and Castleberry stepped backward, wrenching the pistol from Constable Fleming. Castleberry raised the pistol and attempted to fire, but Fleming was faster and drew his pistol and shot Castleberry two times in the head. Castleberry lived about an hour.
Andrew's brother, Walter Castleberry, walked up and shot the constable through the forearm. The bullet ranged down into Fleming's lower bowels. Charley Thompson then shot the constable from behind. The bullet went through his shoulder and into his heart. Constable Fleming emptied his pistol at his assailants as he fell, wounding two bystanders. Albert McDowell grabbed a board and struck the constable several times after he fell on the ground. Constable Fleming died at the scene.
The sheriff arrested Robert Castleberry, the father of Andrew and Walter, and his other sons David, Ned and Will, and Charley Thompson. Walter Castleberry and Albert McDowell fled the scene. Thompson was sentenced to 99 years in prison. McDowell was apprehended in 1940 and sentenced to 40 years in prison. Walter Castleberry was never apprehended.
Constable Fleming was survived by his wife and three children. He was buried in the Clayton Cemetery. He had been the elected constable for only 8 months.
Tour 8 months, 1 week
Offender two convicted and one never apprehended